Teen Arrested on Suspicion of Planning to Bomb German Gay Club

The suspect was also allegedly plotting an "Islamic-motivated attack" on a church.

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up a gay nightclub in Frankfurt, the Associated Press reports.

Sinan Akdogan, a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office, says the 17-year-old suspect was arrested earlier this month and is accused of “planning an Islamic-motivated attack with high explosive material.”

According to Jerusalem Post, a German intelligence source has identified the suspect as Yusuf Erkocoglu, who has dual German and Turkish citizenship.

The source confirmed that Erkocoglu also targeted a Catholic church in Frankfurt, which is Germany’s financial center.

Akdogan says the suspect was attempting to obtain chemicals on the Internet that could be used to make explosives. Police also seized chemicals, components, and instructions for bomb-making during a search of his home.

U.S. government intelligence services reportedly helped provide the information that led to Erkocoglu’s arrest and prevented the suspected attacks.

“The U.S. will always work with our German government partners to thwart acts of terror,” says Richard Grenell, gay U.S. ambassador to Germany. “This case highlights the urgent need to work together.”

It was estimated in 2016 that Germany has the largest gay population in Europe.

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